Fact Sheets

Health Warning Label Compliance

Health Warning Label Compliance fact sheets

2019: Pakistan

2017: China | India Smokeless

2016: Bangladesh | Bangladesh Smokeless | Brazil | India | India Smokeless | Philippines

2015: Indonesia | Russian Federation | Thailand | Thailand Roll-Your-OwnViet Nam

2013: Bangladesh | Brazil | China | EgyptIndia | Indonesia | Mexico | Pakistan | Philippines | Russian Federation | Thailand | Turkey | Ukraine | Viet Nam

Suggested Citation for Fact Sheets: Tobacco Pack Surveillance System (TPackSS). Health Warning Label Compliance: {Country – Year} [Fact sheet]. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. {URL}

Example Citation: Tobacco Pack Surveillance System (TPackSS). Health Warning Label Compliance: Bangladesh– 2013 [Fact sheet]. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Published Articles

Brown J, Smith KC, Welding K, Cohen JE. Misleading tobacco packaging: Moving beyond bans on "light" and "mild"Tobacco Regulatory Science 2020; 6(5):369-378.

Brown J, Welding K, Cohen JE, Cherukupalli R, Washington C, Ferguson J, Smith KC. An analysis of purchase price of legal and illicit cigarettes in urban retail environments in 14 low- and middle-income countriesAddiction 2017; 112:1854–1860. doi:10.1111/add.13881.

Cohen JE, Brown J, Washington C, Welding K, Ferguson J, Smith KC. Do cigarette health warning labels comply with requirements: A 14-country study. Preventive Medicine 2016. doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2016.10.006.

Erinoso O, Smith KC, Iacobelli M, Saraf S, Welding K, Cohen JE. Global review of tobacco product flavour policiesTobacco Control Published Online First: 15 May 2020. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2019-055454

Iacobelli M, Saraf S, Welding K, Smith KC, Cohen JE. Manipulated: graphic health warnings on smokeless tobacco in rural IndiaTobacco Control Published Online First: 29 January 2019. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2018-054715.

Iacobelli M, Smith KC, Washington C, Welding K, Cohen JE. When the tax stamp covers the health warning label: conflicting ‘best practices’ for tobacco control policy. Tobacco Control 2018; 27:119-120. doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2016-053417.

Kleb C, Welding K, Cohen JE, Smith KC. The use of sports imagery and terminology on cigarette packs from fourteen countries. Substance Use & Misuse 2018; 53:5, 873-880. doi:10.1080/10826084.2017.1363236.

Ross H, Vellios N, Smith KC, Ferguson J, Cohen JE. A closer look at 'cheap white' cigarettesTobacco Control 2016; 25:527-531. doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2015-052540.

Smith KC, Welding K, Iacobelli M, Saraf S, Cohen JE. Headshots on bidi and smokeless tobacco packs in India and Bangladesh: A curious branding elementTobacco Control Published Online First: 29 September 2020. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2020-055867

Smith KC, Welding K, Kelb C, Washington C, Cohen JE. English on cigarette packs from six non-Anglophone low- and middle-income countriesInternational Journal of Public Health 21 September 2018; doi: 10.1007/s00038-018-1164-9.

Smith KC, Washington C, Welding K, Kroart L, Osho A, Cohen JE. Cigarette stick as valuable communicative real estate: A content analysis of cigarettes from 14 low-income and middle-income countriesTobacco Control 2017; 26:604-607. doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2016-053148.

Smith KC, Washington C, Brown J, Vadnais A, Kroart L, Ferguson J, Cohen J. The Tobacco Pack Surveillance System (TPackSS): A protocol for assessing health warning compliance, design features and appeals of tobacco packs sold in low- and middle-income countriesJMIR Public Health and Surveillance 2015; 1(2):e8. doi:10.2196/publichealth.4616.

Trimble DG, Welding K, Smith KC, Cohen JE. Smoke and scan: A content analysis of QR code-directed websites found on cigarette packs in ChinaNicotine & Tobacco Research Published Online First: 24 May 2020. doi: 

Weiger CV, Smith KC, Hong AY, Cohen JE. Cigarette packs with URLs leading to tobacco company websites: Content analysisJournal of Medical Internet Research 2020; 22(6):e15160. doi: 10.2196/15160

Welding K, Kennedy RD, Moran MB, Cohen JE, Smith KC. Natural, organic, additive-free and pure on cigarette packs in 14 countriesTobacco Regulatory Science 2019; 5(4), pp.352-359(8). doi:

Welding K. The "Messi" problem of bidi branding in IndiaTobacco Control Blog 16 June 2019.


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